Google CEO Sundar Pichai official salary for 2015 was more than $100 million

Google's Sundar Pichai is one of the best-paid CEOs in the tech world. An official filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that Pichai was awarded a salary totaling $652,500, a restricted stock worth $99.8 million and received 'other' compensation amounting to $22,935. The huge stock option will fully vest in 2017.

And just last February, Google awarded Pichai $199 million in additional restricted stock. The transaction was the single biggest grant reported by a Google chief executive, according to Bloomberg.

Indian-American Sundar Pichai took over the helm at Google in August 2015, after the company announced a huge reorganization to a larger structure named Alphabet, with Google being one of many branches in the big company.

Pichai's rose to glory started with his efforts building a web search tool for Internet Explorer, and then he was related to the development of the Chrome browser, an effort that has cemented Google's solid presence in mobile search. Later on, he took over Android from the platform's creator Andy Rubin. Rubin was reportedly ousted because of the way he ran Android as an insulated piece rather than an integrated piece of the big Google puzzle, and that's something that has allegedly changed under Sundar Pichai.

source: SEC via Business Insider



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Someone tell me how 2 staff from MS were the top ten richest for at least a decade yet no one from the more profitable companies (Google, Apple) have never been in the top ten?

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

How does someone justify earnings like this, for not really doing anything. If that's the case I need 400 million for telling people the right way and won't ways of doing things since I was 7

19. Xperia_droid

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 07, 2013

Damm i m going to be next CEO of Google !!

2. emcdonald75

Posts: 160; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

I'm trying to understand the story. Is it because he is Indian-American? I expect Apple, Microsoft, Google and a bunch of other big corporation CEOs to make a lot of money. Am I missing something?

3. emmawilliam834

Posts: 241; Member since: Feb 09, 2016

The same companies that are bringing down tech workers pay and bringing in H1-B visa workers at lower salaries don't have a problem rewarding the top tier?

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

So what? The man probably deserves it.

8. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Really? The last I checked there was nobody that deserved that much money. The little guy working in the factory..... the little guy he relies on for food, cars, phones being made, clothes etc etc. They are just as important in their own way. For without them he wouldn't have all the things that he takes for granted. People like you make sure there will always be people like him while other people starve

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Opps...there you fail. "People like me..." Where did you read the "little" guy didn't get paid?? He probably has a shelter and enough food he can buy with his earned money, He has done what he has to get up there...i don't expect him to be a thief.

14. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Cry me a river wando. If you want to make that kind of money, create something of value people want. How do you know what he deserves? Were you apart of the negotiations of his contract? What makes you think you are entitled to everything in life just because you were born?

5. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Whether or not a single person deserves to make such a grand salary is going to depend on a person's moral point of view. But I'll say this, someone's willing to pay this man the salary he's making. Leadership can make the difference between billions gained or billions lost.

17. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Your last line says it all. Under your leadership, if you earn a company a few billion and outperform, as they seem to have done with Pichai, then you deserve a large piece of that. It's a direct result of your contributions, afterall. I just don't understand when we turned into such a jealous, populist society.

6. fyah_king unregistered

Good, now he can help the poor Asian people in Asia.:)

10. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012


7. Tziggy14

Posts: 624; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

I'm surprised Eric Schmidt still makes more than everyone else despite not having the CEO title anymore.

9. eden555

Posts: 29; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

hes kinda the ceo still but of alphabet which ownes google

11. Unordinary unregistered


13. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Fix your caps bro.

16. Unordinary unregistered


15. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Why does it show Larry Page and Sergey at $1 each total for the last three years? Did they really not get stock options or anything more than what they already had during that time?

22. Subie

Posts: 2364; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Considering that they are worth close to 40 billion now, I'd say they've done pretty good since they started earning only $1 dollar salaries. That would mean they've increased their net worth by over $1 billion each year on stock options since the company went public in 2004 I believe. But I'm sure someone else could explain it better then me.

24. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

maybe they just like mark who receive $1 salaries from facebook.. his income rely on his share on facebook's stock, and he already he so much from that

26. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I read on investopedia yesterday that they just maintain their stock options. I just thought they would at minimum be given more shares per year as "salary". But yes, I agree, they are both doing very well.

20. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

He makes way more than Tim Cook. This is actually quite ridiculous. Idon't think he's worth that much. 20 millio maybe, but 100 is crazy, but w/e. Goodfor the dude I guess.

25. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

He sure has brought more innovation to the tech space than bean counter Tim Cook, I don't see what's ridiculous about him getting paid more...

21. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Also google can afford to pay that much because of the tons of tax money that they shamelessly avoid paying in the EU.

27. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Taxes are theft, so all they are doing is keeping what is rightfully theirs to begin with.

23. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

but that 99M come from "Stock awards" eric schmidt get twice salary than sundar, and eric's bonus is almost 10 time sundar's salary

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